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  • image SM Adam volume 49/30

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SM Adam volume 49/30


[31] Unfinished presentation drawing for a large epergne, c1781


Plan of the table slab for an elaborate epergne, with square and rectangular compartments flanked by lobed lunettes, supporting a colonnade, and ornamented with anthemia, fans, calyx, urns, patera, acanthus leaves, griffons and peltoid shields


to a scale, from observation of the pencil drawn fruit in Adam volume 49/29 it appears that the scale of these drawings is about half size


Plateau for Lord Mansfield (in the hand of William Adam and underwritten in pencil) (verso) Number 8 / Lord Mansfields Epergne

Signed and dated

  • 1781
    datable to 1781

Medium and dimensions

Pen, pencil and coloured washes including Indian yellow, red, and Prussian blue on laid paper (1697 x 503)


Adam office hand, possibly Robert Morison




Bolton, 1922, Volume II, Index p. 19
For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.



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